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THE MAGNETIC FORCE TORCH

V. Ryan 2008 - 2009

 

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The Magnetic Force Torch is an unusual LED torch. It is composed of a circuit which includes a heavy duty capacitor. As the torch is shaken a rare earth magnet passes through a copper coil producing electricity. The electricity is stored by a capacitor for use when light is needed. A low power ultra bright LED provides the light. Shaking the torch for one minute provides enough electricity for up to twenty minutes.

Torches of this type are valuable because they do not require batteries. The magnetic force torch has only one moving part, the magnet itself. Windup torches on the other hand have several moving parts making breakdown more likely.

The torch shown is made of high impact polyurethane. This resists damage and comes in a range of colours. The example torch is translucent which means the parts inside can be seen.

 
 
What do you think of the design of this type of torch?
 
 
 
 
   

The torch manufacturer has found that sales of the magnetic force torch are poor. A questionnaire has found that people like the technology/science behind the torch and the fact that it saves energy. However, most people feel that the design is too traditional. They feel that the torch should look modern and be ergonomically designed. (Click here for information on ergonomics)

In the space below, draw new designs that will appeal to both young and old. The new torch must be ergonomically designed so that it fits the human hand comfortably.

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